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Walking

With over 1000 km of paths that connect villages all the way through this Natural Park it is a wonder that this little known part of Spain is still so unspoilt. The park authorities are fully aware of the irregular and unauthorized way marking within the area and are slowly trying to correct and improve things however there are official guidelines which they must follow (one is that no route may cross over a road – making it very difficult to create circular routes!)

The latest initiative is to register the routes within the international federation way marking system of green and white for local walks, yellow and white way marks for short routes (PR) and red and white way marks for long routes (GR). The first route GR48 to be fully developed is in the North of the park and stretches from Barrancos in Portugal to Jaén and is fully way marked along its 480km length. It will be a very slow and expensive process and as throughout the park there are routes that are liberally way marked and others which can be very confusing, we have got to know our local paths and routes very well and have ventured further to discover even lesser known areas.

The variety of walks is tremendous – from a gentle stroll through hamlets around the larger villages to a full day’s hike taking in some of the highest peaks of the park.
Using Alájar as a base for your walking we can provide you with our very own route notes in 2 formats – written or photographic. We have developed  circular routes setting out from Alajár of varying length and difficulty, so there is no need for a car and can also provide notes for further afield where we can arrange taxi transfers to these walks or you could hire a car if you prefer to have more independence.

Independent walking holiday
Start any day. 3 nights minimum stay
Prices from: 115€ per person; based on 3 nights 2 people sharing with ensuite facilities at La Posada de Alájar and from 155€ per person at La Posada de San Marcos

Prices include: Half board – Bed, breakfast and 2 picnic lunches. 2 days walking notes and maps. Emergency/ back up support. Extra nights B&B from 30€ per person at La Posada de Alájar and 42€ at La Posada de San Marcos

Dinner can be provided on request during your stay (depending on time of year) and there are plenty of restaurants where you can try the local delicacies, especially at the weekend.

Mid Season Independent Walking Breaks
Available Sunday through to Thursday inclusive. From Nov 4 2012 – March 15 2013 and Nov 4 2013 – March 1 2014

3 nights minimum stay.

Prices from 90€ per person; based on 3 nights 2 people sharing ensuite facilities at La Posada de Alájar and from 135€ at La Posada de San Marcos.
Prices include: Bed & Breakfast, 2 days walking notes and maps. Emergency / back up support. Extra nights B&B from 30€ per person at La Posada de Alájar and from 42€ per person at La Posada de San Marcos.
Picnics and dinner can be provided on request during your stay (depending on time of year) and there are plenty of restaurants where you can try the local delicacies, especially at the weekend.

Taxi transfer from Sevilla and back:
130€ each way for up to four people. Book through us and pay taxi directly if you would prefer not to hire a car. Public transport is also feasible; information on request.

Itinerant Walking Package

Through our contact with other hotels and restaurants in the area we can also offer you a couple of different walking packages that takes you hassle free around the park, staying at different hotels, with luggage transfers, restaurant recommendations for the evening and information on where to buy provisions for lunch should you prefer not to book full board. Taxi transfer from Seville can also be booked through us.

Our first Itinerant walking holiday starts and finishes in Alájar walking around the park in a clockwise direction The character of the villages has changed little over the centuries, their history reflected in their architecture and the landscape surrounding them. You walk along Roman cobbled tracks, glimpsing abandoned watermills and ancient hill forts left by the Moors. You will see villagers working their on small allotments, hear the ringing of goat bells among the oaks and chestnuts, and the bubbling of the many streams and springs which abound in these hills. Many of these tracks are longside the ancient arabian water system “acequia” and were frequently used during the Spanish Civil War and after to smuggle goods into Spain from Portugal.

Herds of the black Iberian pig grazing among the groves of cork and holm (Quercus Suber and Ilex) oak are a common sight, where in autumn they feast on the falling acorns. The area is rich in visible bird life with an important population of black vultures. Other birds of prey are common and include the Golden, Short-toed and Bonelli’s eagles. You can see stork’s nests on almost every village church as well as the endangered black stork, and as you wander along the streams, sightings of heron and egrets are common.

Night 1: La Posada de Alájar or La Posada de San Marcos

Night 2: La Posada de Alájar or La Posada de San Marcos

Night 3: Almonaster

Night 4: Galaroza

Night 5: Fuenteheridos

Night 6: La Posada de Alájar or La Posada de San Marcos

Price for a 7 day/ 6 night tour: 315€ per person at La Posada de Alájar and 360€  per person at La Posada de San Marcos based on 2 people sharing ensuite facilities. Discount available for 3 or 4 people

Prices included 6 nights B&B, full walking notes either in written or photographic format with corresponding maps, meet and greet session over a glass of wine to run through the week with you, luggage transfer to each hotel with the possibility of car transfer with your luggage to your next destination if you feel like opting for a day, and emergency/ back up support. Average distance for the walks are 12 – 15 km.
Picnic lunches and evening meals can be booked at all the hotels with prior notice.

Taxi transfer from Sevilla and back:
130€ each way for up to four people. Book through us and pay taxi directly if you would prefer not to hire a car. Public transport is also feasible; information on request.

Our 2nd Itinerant Holiday revolves around our environmentally friendly ethos and the Iberian pig.

You will start your stay at La Posada de San Marcos for 2 nights where you can enjoy the tranquil ambience, terraces, gardens and pool. As you will be staying in accommodation off the beaten track then this trip is full board and you can enjoy a delicious home cooked traditional meal on both evenings. On day 2 you will have a choice of circular walks of varying lengths and difficulty.

Night 3 and 4 are at a certified organic Iberian Pig farm. We will transfer you to Almonaster, a short drive away, to begin your walk to the farm. Again a delicious home cooked meal awaits you in one of the houses on the farm. The next day (4) you have a guided tour of the pig farm where one of us will  translate for you so you get a good understanding of how the pigs are reared. The tour finishes with a gastronomic lunch of Iberian cured ham, sausages and home made goats cheese straight from the farm, accompanied by organic wine after which you’ll probably be ready for a siesta!

Night 5 and 6  is at a small lodge which is a complete eco-build from materials used to renovate the original farmhouse to an environmentally responsible and resource efficient project. Home grown organic vegetables will be part of your meals here. There is a choice of circular walks around the farm land and villages for day 6

On night 7 you return to Alájar via the Peña – the rocky outcrop that dominates the village.

Price for 8 day/ 7 night tour: 785€ per person based on 2 people sharing ensuite facilities at La Posada de San Marcos. Discount available for 3 or 4 people.
Prices include: Transfer to and from Sevilla airport, 7 nights full board, (Breakfast, picnic and dinner) meet and greet session to run through the week ahead over a glass of wine, written walking notes and corresponding map, luggage transfer to all accommodation, taxi transfer to Almonaster, guided and translated tour at organic farm, gourmet lunch at organic farm with wine.

We are also able to accommodate groups and would be delighted to discuss ideas with you if you belong to a walking club and would like to organise a holiday from 8 to 32 people.

Tailor-made for you
We are aware that many people would like to travel in a small family group or group of friends. Why not combine a few days of walking with some historical interest or gatronomical delights? The province of Huelva offers a wide range of historical sites from the Paleolithic period onward, encompassing Roman, Arabian and Medieval periods, not to mention the Christopher Colombus trail. Boasting the atlantic coastline and the western – most tip of the Sierra Morena, the mountainous belt which forms a natural divide between Spain’s central Meseta and the Guadalquivir valley to the South, Huelva ‘s gastronomy is deliciously varied. Atlantic fish and shell fish, the black Iberian pig famous for its air-cured hams and also providing some of the tastiest pork you’ll ever try and a white wine producing area. You could say Huelva has it all!

Prices on request.

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Posada de San Marcos: Calle Colon, 12, 21340 Alájar, Huelva, Spain
Posada de Alájar: Calle Médico Emilio González, 2, 21340 Alájar, Huelva, Spain

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Phone: +34 959 12 57 12 Mobile: +34 667 90 61 32 Email: info@posadasalajar.com

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